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drank Fruity Ginger by Teaopia
2221 tasting notes

Time for another cold-steeping experiment with the last two new teas I picked up from Teaopia. I bought this one purely based on reviews – I haven’t had the best experiences with ginger in tea, so was wary, but I think it cost under $4 for 50g (or around there), so I figured it was worth a shot! Besides, I needed to hit $50 for free shipping :)

Surprisingly, this cold-brew actually has an aroma (most don’t, probably because they’re cold and the molecules aren’t moving around as much…?). Light, fresh ginger with a touch of fruity sweetness. I’m thrilled to see that the liquor is a pale yellowish colour, so it looks like there’s no hibiscus, which may be the factor that ruined other teas (Rishi’s Tangerine Ginger, DavidsTea’s Strawberry Ginger) for me.

Oh man. We have a winner!! This is fabulous! The perfect amount of ginger mixed with with a nondescript fruitness, and lots of sweetness. No bitterness. No strange flavours. This could actually stand to be diluted – I had used something like 6g in one cup, which is way overkill; could probably dilute it with at least another half cup of water and still have it taste quite good (I’m too lazy to do that now though, and it’s quite delicious as it is).

Now, I don’t know whether this is because I have been craving green oolong like mad all day or what, but I would love to pair this with an oolong to have that lingering flavour in my mouth combined with the delicious gingery fruitiness. I don’t have enough to try that tonight (lies, I just want to drink it all now!), but I should at some point. There’s a lingering almost creamy gingery flavour with this one, perhaps that’s also contributing to this idea.

I am so glad I tried this!!! Thank you Indigobloom and EarthenChild for your accurate and convincing reviews!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Indigobloom

Ohh man I need to go and buy some up while the sale is still on!! I hope they have some left…

Kittenna

I want to get more :/ Then I organized my tea stash tonight and felt a bit sick because I have so much it’s absurd. But this one’s so gooooood. Argh, dilemma! (Also it’s a fair drive to the nearest Teaopia, which is on the Guelph side of Cambridge, but… who knows. And then I’d probably end up buying the s’mores tea too… and maybe more infusers, because something like 8 isn’t enough yet… and….. argh!!)

Indigobloom

actually I just bought the smores tea, I couldn’t bear the idea of it going outta stock.so now I have WAY too much of that. I’ll give you some. I got an infuser to, because they were $5!!
Next time we meet up, I’ll bring you some s’mores :P

Kittenna

The infusers were $3.50 when I bought them – $5 with 30% off!

And I’d love it if I could try some of your s’mores tea! I don’t need a whole box of it, just enough for a couple cups (but of course they don’t sell it that way). I’m putting it on the list of ‘teas to request from Indigobloom’ :D

Indigobloom

be careful when cleaning it! I nicked myself this morning, not realizing how sharp the inner edge is.
Oh man we need to do a trade soon!!

Kittenna

Trade & tea shop discovery. There’s a possibility I’ll be heading down to Belleville around Canada Day if you might be around (but this depends on whether or not my toe gets better and I can run, because I would be heading down to run a 5K with a friend).

Indigobloom

cool, I would SO be in for that. Let me know!

Kittenna

Will do :) I likely won’t know for sure until whatever the deadline for signing up for the race is, but that will hopefully be enough notice!

Indigobloom

no worries, if it works out… great! if not, we will figure out another time :)
I hope your toe gets better soon!!

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Indigobloom

Ohh man I need to go and buy some up while the sale is still on!! I hope they have some left…

Kittenna

I want to get more :/ Then I organized my tea stash tonight and felt a bit sick because I have so much it’s absurd. But this one’s so gooooood. Argh, dilemma! (Also it’s a fair drive to the nearest Teaopia, which is on the Guelph side of Cambridge, but… who knows. And then I’d probably end up buying the s’mores tea too… and maybe more infusers, because something like 8 isn’t enough yet… and….. argh!!)

Indigobloom

actually I just bought the smores tea, I couldn’t bear the idea of it going outta stock.so now I have WAY too much of that. I’ll give you some. I got an infuser to, because they were $5!!
Next time we meet up, I’ll bring you some s’mores :P

Kittenna

The infusers were $3.50 when I bought them – $5 with 30% off!

And I’d love it if I could try some of your s’mores tea! I don’t need a whole box of it, just enough for a couple cups (but of course they don’t sell it that way). I’m putting it on the list of ‘teas to request from Indigobloom’ :D

Indigobloom

be careful when cleaning it! I nicked myself this morning, not realizing how sharp the inner edge is.
Oh man we need to do a trade soon!!

Kittenna

Trade & tea shop discovery. There’s a possibility I’ll be heading down to Belleville around Canada Day if you might be around (but this depends on whether or not my toe gets better and I can run, because I would be heading down to run a 5K with a friend).

Indigobloom

cool, I would SO be in for that. Let me know!

Kittenna

Will do :) I likely won’t know for sure until whatever the deadline for signing up for the race is, but that will hopefully be enough notice!

Indigobloom

no worries, if it works out… great! if not, we will figure out another time :)
I hope your toe gets better soon!!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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